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The Asia Foundation’s Jaime Faustino Participates in “Doing Development Differently” Workshop

San Francisco, November 3, 2014 — On October 22-23, The Asia Foundation’s Program Director of Economic Reform and Development Entrepreneurship Jaime Faustino, participated in the “Doing Development Differently” workshop. The event held at Harvard University was hosted by the Building State Capability (BSC) program at the Center for International Development at Harvard University, and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

The workshop brought together practitioners and researchers trying new development practices and carrying out thorough analytical work. Presenters included experts from DFID, the World Bank, Oxfam, and UNICEF among others, where they shared practical lessons and insights.

Faustino’s presentation focused on transformational reform in the Philippines, including reforms on property rights which increased titles issued by the government from an average of 3,800 per year to over 55,000 titles in 2011. He went on to outline an operational model that bridges donors to local leaders, called development entrepreneurs.

“Development entrepreneurs exist in every sector,” said Faustino. “We think that with the right project mechanism, more can be identified and more can be developed.”

The workshop was the first of a series of events held by Harvard and ODI to showcase practical experience on new strategies for implementing and evaluating development programs in more innovative ways.

Development entrepreneurship is distinguished by a bias to iterative “learning by doing” to finding “technically sound, politically possible” reforms, a method for selecting and working with local partners, a funding modality for donors, and a set of programme management tools. Watch Faustino’s presentation here.

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